Spend a Summer’s Day at Nehalem Bay State Park

If you’re heading to the Oregon Coast this summer, there’s a quiet and lesser-known park to add to your itinerary. Nehalem Bay State Park is tucked between the Pacific Ocean and the Nehalem Bay and River. The location of this four-mile sandspit gives visitors sweeping views of the water, sparkling white sand dunes, and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

Nehalem Bay State Park is known for its beautiful beach, which stretches for miles and is perfect for beachcombing, kite flying, and sunset watching. The bay side of the park provides opportunities for crabbing, fishing, and kayaking. Wildlife, such as deer, elk, and various bird species, can often be spotted in the park. The main trail is a forested 1.8-mile walking and biking path that provides breathtaking views and birdwatching opportunities. 

While there are camping opportunities at Nehalem Bay State Park, after a long day exploring the Oregon Coast, there’s nothing better than retreating to our romantic bed and breakfast in Arch Cape, just about 15 minutes North of Nehalem Bay. Our nine-room retreat exudes an old-world charm with freshly remodeled suites and high-end amenities. You’ll be treated to a delightful breakfast each morning of your stay and pampered by our dedicated Innkeeper and staff. Book your lodging today at our bed and breakfast on the Oregon Coast!

Nehalem Bay State Park is a beautiful place to spend a summer's day near our bed and breakfast on the Oregon Coast

Nehalem Bay State Park & More on the Oregon Coast

Spending a summer’s day at Nehalem Bay State Park flying kites, windsurfing, kayaking on the calm bay, or treasure hunting on the sweeping dunes will be a magical part of your vacation. There are so many great ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of this coastal park. For those who enjoy hiking, the four-mile spit is a great place to stretch your legs. 

Plan ahead and pack a picnic, as Nehalem Bay State Park offers tons of sweeping stretches of sandy beach, where you could set up an umbrella and sit for hours to the sound of the waves. One of the fun additions to this park on the Oregon Coast is the small airport, so you’ll likely see the small planes landing and taking off from the small airstrip on the sandspit. 

More Oregon State Parks to Check Out During Your Stay 

While Nehalem Bay State Park is a lovely place to spend a day on the Oregon Coast, there’s a handful of other parks not to miss during your visit: 

  1. Ecola State Park: The park is a haven for hikers. It features the historic Tillamook Head trail, which follows the route of Captain William Clark’s 1806 expedition. This trail provides panoramic views and a chance to experience the diverse coastal landscape. Ecola State Park is also popular for picnicking, wildlife viewing, and surfing, with Indian Beach being a favored spot for surfers.
  2. Oswald West State Park: The park boasts a network of well-maintained hiking trails, including sections of the Oregon Coast Trail. These trails wind through dense forests of Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, and Douglas fir, offering stunning views of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean. A highlight of the park is Short Sand Beach, which can be reached by a half-mile hike. 
  3. Hug Point Recreation Area: Just south of Cannon Beach, Hug Point is a convenient spot for scenic coastal hikes where the forest meets the sea. The park’s main attraction is the trail leading down to the beach. At low tide, visitors can explore sea caves, a waterfall, and the remnants of a historic stagecoach road that once hugged the cliffside.
Nehalem Bay State Park is about 15 minutes from our bed and breakfast on the Oregon Coast

The Most Elegant Bed and Breakfast on the Oregon Coast

Our bed and breakfast on the Oregon Coast is one of the best vacation destinations for those seeking a romantic, peaceful, and private retreat. Known affectionately as the “Castle on the Coast,” our beautiful Inn offers a lovely space for couples to unwind, reconnect, and make magical memories with the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. The beaches and nature areas, like Nehalem Bay State Park, make a trip to the coast unforgettable, with some of the most awe-inspiring vistas and sweeping views. 

The guest rooms at Arch Cape Inn on the Oregon coast offer a luxurious and unique retreat, each thoughtfully designed to reflect the enchanting surroundings. Set between the forest and the sea, our elegantly appointed rooms reflect the rustic charm of the coast with modern comforts. Amenities include plush bedding, private fireplaces, and stunning views, ensuring a cozy and romantic stay. The attention to detail and personalized touches make Arch Cape Inn a perfect getaway for those seeking a relaxing retreat to the Oregon coast.

Breakfast is a gourmet experience designed to delight guests each morning! Served in our charming dining room or outside, depending on the weather, the multi-course breakfast features fresh, locally sourced ingredients in a seasonal menu that includes delectable dishes like homemade pastries, farm-fresh egg dishes, and locally caught seafood. The culinary team crafts each meal with care, ensuring that every guest starts their day with a delicious and memorable dining experience. Start planning your summer getaway and book our bed and breakfast on the Oregon Coast today! 

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